Stabbed in back in family dispute

A MAN literally stabbed his brother in the back because he thought he was attacking their mum, who claimed spirits were involved, a court was told.

Paul Andrew Hennessy, 28, of Branyan, claims he was cooking dinner on May 14 last year when his brother, Michael, who allegedly has a history of domestic violence, began assaulting their mother in her bedroom.

Hennessy told Bundaberg District Court he stabbed his brother in the back with the kitchen knife he was already holding, to stop the attack.

But brother Michael told a different story.

Michael said that he was holding his mother's wrist because she was trying to attack him with a knife and a pipe as she threatened to kill him.

He said he had entered the room to “tell mum something” and she had told him to “get out or I'll kill you”.

Meanwhile, the men's mother, Cheryl Edith Dent, claimed “spirits” were present during the attack.

She said she and Michael had argued earlier in the day after he had found a dead cat in the house, and she had been woken up and hit with a bag of material.

“It was Michael and a female spirit,” Ms Dent told the court.

“We have had spirit harassment the entire time I have lived there.”

She claimed Michael entered her room later that night to attack her, after having an argument with his ex-partner on the phone.

Ms Dent said she told him: “I have a knife and a couple of hammers and a big hunk of metal right under my bed,” she said.

“I warned him I would hurt him.”

Ms Dent said despite her warning, Michael hit her and there was a struggle over a knife.

The mum said Hennessy allegedly walked in during Michael's attack on her and said, “Michael, we're not going to put up with this anymore”, before stabbing his brother.

Michael admitted he had always had a “strange” relationship with his mother, who he said once tried to run him over and had attacked him with knives and bars on other occasions.

Hennessy has pleaded not guilty to one charge of unlawful wounding.

The trial continues.

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